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Chemistry: Chemistry of Life (track)


In the two-year track Chemistry of Life of the Master's programme Chemistry, a joint degree programme with Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, you will focus on aspects of chemistry related to living systems, such as the role of enzymes in organic chemistry, biomolecular simulations, and biotechnological approaches in industry.

Discover the Master's programme & tracks

The Master's programme Chemistry offers specialisations in four tracks. Chemistry of Life is one of them. The other three tracks are:

The study programme

This Master's track integrates the study of chemistry and biology, but at its core is still chemistry-focused. Courses cover how chemical knowledge can enrich biological studies, how biological techniques can be used in the production of molecules, and how biomolecules can be better understood with a firm chemical foundation. Integration of chemical and biological/biochemical knowledge is a highly sought after combination for which there is currently a great demand in the labour market.

Broad curriculum with room for personal choice

Highly valued perspective on the role of chemistry in life

Practical experience and interaction with experts in the field

After graduation

Graduates of the Master's programme in Chemistry have had an excellent research training that allows them to pursue their PhD at chemistry institutes around the world. But they can also pursue a career in a different work field. It's a specialisation for which there is currently a great demand on the labour market.

Is Chemistry of Life for me?

It is, if you:

  • have a solid background in chemistry;
  • are eager to expand your knowledge and skills in the area of biochemistry;
  • want the advantages of a small-scale programme, where students and staff all know each other.

Joint degree programme with VU Amsterdam

Chemistry of Life is a track in the Master's programme Chemistry, a joint degree programme of the University of Amsterdam and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Courses are taught at locations of both universities. UvA and VU jointly issue a degree certificate to graduates. As a Chemistry student in Amsterdam you benefit from expertise, networks and research projects at both universities and affiliated research institutes.

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Facts & Figures
Degree programme
MSc Chemistry
Regular study programme
Full-time, part-time
120 ECTS, 24 months
Language of instruction
Starts in
February, September
CROHO code
Science Park